Israel-Boycotters Do Not Have A Fucking Clue

Thank goodness my only contact with Gorillaz was a glimpse of their debut video in the late 1990s, which made little impression on me. I cannot say I can think of a single piece of theirs.

Which is good, as I now do not have to interrogate myself about my views on yet another pampered luvvie or celebrity who has twattish views on Israel.

A surprise announcement shows that, as part of their first ever international tour, Gorillaz arranged a special performance in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Damon Albarn – who is quite a few years older than I am, and dresses as I have not done for even more years – sees this as the beginning of peace in the region:

Damon told Newsbeat the concert wasn’t a money spinner: “We’re certainly not making any money. We’re not looking at it in that context.

“By virtue of being the first big western act to arrive in Damascus I think hopefully that’s the beginning of a dialogue, and that in itself is meaningful for Syria as a whole.”

Mind-numbing self-regard from teh subversive music figures is not unusual, as Morrissey imagining that he could bring peace with concerts in both Iran and Israel. There is a question of Albarn’s being in hock or used as a stooge by the Syrian Baathists (who, until Sri Lanka’s assault on LTTE-held territory, had the distinction of being the only post-WWII state to have successfully destroyed a guerilla movement; as well as a lot of civilians), there should be no problem in playing in a country with dubious politics. See, for instance, Sting who wooed Karimova in Uzbekistan (maybe she understood more than his last three words in any song.)

Human beings who inhabit these countries are more than the sum of their political parts, and always should be welcomed into the rest of the happy human family.

It is just that Albarn’s appeal for rapprochement sits oddly with his group’s recent cancellation of the Israeli leg of their world-tour following Shayatet-13’s attacked on unarmed protestors wielding weapons.

Boycott, opening dialogue. Nice elision there, Damon. Unless, of course, Damascus required that you cancel on condition of your marvelous experience: would that not just be teh radical?

In other news, and in apparent ignorance of the guiding principles of the modern Olympic Movement, a petition by some nobodies has been started to call on the IOC to ban Israel from the 2012 London Olympics.

Already, it has attracted over 1,400 signatures, including Deborah Fink at #1302; shown below, sounding like a cross between a reversing delivery truck and Irene Papas from ∞ by Aphrodite’s Child. Not all the other signatories are as serious, though.

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2 Responses to “Israel-Boycotters Do Not Have A Fucking Clue”

  1. Stuart Says:

    Love the blog title, I’m still laughing my socks off….still haven’t read the actual post….

    • efrafandays Says:

      Of course, it’s meant in the pejorative sense: nowt to do with the rather pleasant sense.

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